The Luxury Collection Arrives In Australia

Starwood’s Luxury Collection brand has continued its worldwide growth with its debut in Australia. The collection has added 2 award-winning properties, the intimate Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant and the Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, to its existing portfolio of 14 hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region.


Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Perched at the edge of the Jamison Valley at Echo Point, the Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant offers stunning panoramas of the natural surrounds of the Blue Mountains. Originally constructed in 1990 as a sanctuary for Australian writer Thomas Keneally, the enchanting retreat is a 90-minute drive or 2-hour train ride from Sydney.


With just 14 guestrooms and suites, guests are assured top-level comfort and attentive service. Individual design traits in each of the spacious and elegant accommodations pay homage to the surroundings, complemented by luxury bedding, ensuite bathroom with rainforest shower, 37-inch LCD television with iPod docking station, high-speed internet access, dual-line speaker telephones, in-room safe, minibar and coffee-/tea-making facilities.


Echoes Restaurant and Bar has set a new benchmark for style and excellence amongst its contemporaries in the Blue Mountains. Based on a modern concept reflective of Australia’s international influences, the menu combines fresh local produce with carefully-selected boutique wines from the country’s vineyards.


A conference room caters to small groups or last minute meetings, while the Echoes Spa’s range of treatments and therapies are designed to pamper and rejuvenate. A swimming pool is available for recreation, with the concierge team able to arrange activities including golf, horseback trekking and motorcycle tours.


Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

Set in a historic country house (which in 1889 was the former residence of New South Wales’ Chief of Justice Sir Frederick Darley) amidst manicured gardens, Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa has long made its mark as a haven of relaxation from which to explore the Upper Blue Mountains.


The 85 guestrooms and suites evoke a sense of country elegance combined with modern comforts. Themed in pink, green or lilac with floral motifs, guests can relax on the luxury bedding, indulging in refreshing baths in the spa-inspired marble bathrooms. A flatscreen television with cable programming and iPod docking station, high-speed internet access and direct-dial telephones provide in-room entertainment and connectivity, while a minibar and coffee-/tea-making facilities afford guests convenience.


Lilianfels’ signature restaurant, Darley’s, offers modern Australian dining in a romantic space featuring beautiful stained glass windows, original fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and a breathtaking view of Jameson Valley. Together with The Orangery, both establishments celebrate the best of regional cuisine with the latter presenting comfort foods popular with locals. Rounding up the offering is The Lounge, which is ideally set for afternoon tea with its plush Victorian armchairs and decor.


Meeting and event space for up to 100 guests, complete with state-of-the-art technology, provide event planners with options for a corporate retreat or social gathering. The Spa at Lilianfels enlivens the senses with its restorative body and beauty treatments, while an outdoor infinity pool and gymnasium are available for guests seeking a workout during their stay.


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